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PROPERTY FROM A DISCERNING COLLECTOR

Cartier
TANK CINTRÉE  A RARE PLATINUM CURVED RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1930
Estimation
30 00050 000
Lot. Vendu 93,750 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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PROPERTY FROM A DISCERNING COLLECTOR

Cartier
TANK CINTRÉE  A RARE PLATINUM CURVED RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1930
Estimation
30 00050 000
Lot. Vendu 93,750 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Watches

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Cartier
TANK CINTRÉE  A RARE PLATINUM CURVED RECTANGULAR WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1930
Dial: white
Caliber: manual winding jeweled movement
Movement number: 31607
Case: platinum, gold screw set solid case back
Case number: 24762, 31614
Closure: associated mesh bracelet with folding clasp
Dimensions: 47 mm length, 23 mm width, bracelet circumference approximately 175 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: associated presentation box 
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Description

The present lot was gifted to the current owner upon his 18th birthday in 1965. By his account, the watch was sent for repair in the mid 1970s to Cartier's Madison Avenue boutique where Walter Kroehnert, Cartier's master watchmaker for over 50 years, took the restoration on personally.

Walter Kroehnert had been making and repairing watches and clocks at Cartier since 1936. At Cartier, Mr. Kroehnert specialized in some of the firm's most complicated horological works, and produced Gaston Cusin's famous prism clocks (Hans Nadelhoffer, Cartier Jewelers Extraordinary, pg. 302, New York, 1984). Attesting to his renowned expertise, a client bought a Cartier mystery clock from Sotheby's for a record price in the late 1980s, but participated in the sale only under the condition that Mr. Kroehnert would personally repair the piece. 

It is no wonder that when this exceptionally rare Tank Cintrée arrived for service in New York, it was Walter Kroehnert who restored it with his extraordinary skill and surgeon's precision. 

It is also interesting to note that during the time of this restoration, Cartier advertised that Mr. Kroehnert would make a limited series of exclusive pocket watches at $10,000 USD each. Unsurprisingly, the maximum number of orders were filled in only one day. Our Distinguished Owner had a passionate horological relationship with Mr Kroehnert, and is also the proud owner of one of these exclusive watches. 

Important Watches

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